Fall Harvest Equestrian Charity Event in Rancho Santa Fe

Feeding America San Diego ‘Friendraiser’ Event

We were so honored to be able to design such an incredible event for a wonderful cause this past fall for Feeding America San Diego. Held at a private equestrian farm in Rancho Santa Fe, we transformed this ‘barn’ into a spectacular event to raise awareness and bring some major VIPS together for a wonderful cause. This fall harvest themed event tied in the seasonal produce, flowers and herbs of the season to remind the guests of this ‘friendraiser’ how important feeding our own is. Food brings together friends and family and nourishes us to live healthier, happier lives. This equestrian event provides wonderful wedding inspiration as well! See the details below of this fall harvest equestrian event.

 

See this event featured over on Strictly Weddings for even more details!

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RECEPTION

We started transforming the equestrian ring by building out a platform for the diners and laying down lush dove gray carpet and draping cream and periwinkle fabric from the rafters. We mixed in various pendent lamps for a romantic lighting option and pin-lighted the centerpieces. Beautiful wood tables and plush linen padded dining chairs were brought in for a comfortable spot for the diners to enjoy the show from.

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LOUNGE FURNITURE

Modern lounge furniture with weathered grey wood was mixed with indigo blue velvet ottomans, mirrored coffee tables and eclectic décor to create welcoming spaces for guests to relax in.

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PHOTOBOOTH

As a fun photo booth backdrop we designed a hedge wall with a lattice design made out of branches and bouquets of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Each guest took a photo as they arrived and when they left they were handed a framed printed photo of themselves to take home.

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FLOWERS

Flowers by the talented Krista Jon were over-flowing with fruits and vegetables were presented in silver trophy urns and modern geometrical glassware throughout the event to stay in line with the Fall Harvest and Equestrian theme. We created beautiful vignettes such as a welcome trolly at valet to excite guests for the designs to come.

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STATIONERY

For a unique invitation I painted a modern impressionistic horse and landscape painting and paired a laser cut belly band in the shape of the farm’s entry gates. A custom rose gold crest sealed the invite featuring an illustration of a horse which was used throughout the event including napkins and on the menus.
To create a custom feeling for the event stationery I water-colored fruits and vegetables to create a Fall Harvest pattern to print  fabric and to use for the dinner menus, bar signage and stationery.

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DINNER

Guests were treated to a 5 course pairing dinner with locally grown organic produce and wine pairings. Blood orange intermezzo was a beautiful palate cleanser that was a wonderful idea on a hot fall day!

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ENTERTAINMENT

As guests dined, they were treated to an equestrian show featuring Olympic riders showcasing their dressage skills while an orchestra provided the soundtrack.

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DESSERT

After dinner guests retreated to the courtyard where Top Chef star Richard Blais treated guests to a cooking demonstration as his signature dessert was passed around.  We created a whiskey and cordial bar for an after dinner nip and styled it with horse shoes, a leather hide and vintage books, candles and decanters for a masculine library sort of feel.

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Event Design, Planning & Stationery: Alchemy Fine Events
Photography: Paula Luna
Flowers: Krista Jon
Furniture: Hire Elegance
Props: Archive Rentals
Catering: Coast Catering
Drapery: Luke Gulley, LG Productions
Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting
Cooking Presentation: Richard Blais
Linen & Napkins: La Tavola
Table Rentals: Casa De Perrin & Classic Party Rentals
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